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Taunton Deane Borough Council has said that travellers who had moved onto Hamilton Park in Taunton have now left.
The families were given a deadline of midday on Monday to leave the site.
The Council said the group left rubbish and what is believed to be human excrement strewn across the grass and in hedges.
Irish travellers who have settled on a park in Taunton have until midday to leave the site before the council says it will take legal action.
The travellers say they will pay for toilets and skips, and need a place to go.
A council says it'll take legal action to evict Irish travellers if they're still in a public park in Taunton on Monday.
The travellers say they will meet the deadline, but need somewhere to go, as Jane Solomons reports:
Cllr John Williams, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, says the council has served an order on each of the caravans:
Sally Woodbury from the Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups says the situation at Hamilton Gault Park could be avoided if Taunton Deane Borough Council provided a temporary site for travellers:
Fiona Phur from the Friends of Hamilton Gault Park says despite last weekend's hot weather, people didn't want to visit the park:
A camp of Irish Travellers on Hamilton Park in Taunton have been told by the council that they must leave the site by noon on Monday (13 May). The camp consists of approximately 12 caravans and a tethered pony.
Statement from Taunton Deane Borough Council: 'Travellers who moved onto a Taunton Park are being served with documents ordering them to leave by noon on Monday (May 13).'
'The direction documents were served by officers from Taunton Deane Borough Council which is following legal processes to get the trespassers to leave Hamilton Park.'
'If they fail to obey the direction then criminal proceedings will be started in the magistrates’ court with the Council applying for a Removal Order so the group can be evicted.'